Finally rains are here. Who all love the rain? I know I do.
No doubt that early morning view from the window full of greenery and wetness refreshes your mind and soul, but you need to be careful about the infections and diseases monsoon brings – mostly due to unhygienic food and water.
We are so good to welcome the monsoon showers after experiencing the scorching summer heat. But monsoons do bring certain health risks. Our body is more susceptible to health issues in rainy season, because monsoon reduces the immunity power of our body.
Our body constantly gets affected with allergies, infections, indigestion problems, so we must keep our body resistant against such diseases. The humidity in the atmosphere is usually high in this season; as a result the body’s digestive capability goes down.
The important point to keep in mind is that you must avoid oily food, street food or any type of food that is prepared in bulk else there is a possibility that it upsets your stomach.
Nutritional Tips in Monsoon:
The damp and filthy conditions in monsoon plays a host for many disease causing germs, which cause some serious health attacks like dengue, malaria, conjunctivitis, typhoid, viral fever, pneumonia, gastro intestinal disturbances, diarrhea and dysentery. If your immune system is weak you are supposed to catch these diseases instantly.
To maintain healthy diet and protect you from such ill causes during the rainy season these countermeasures have to be taken.
– Eat fruits as they help you restore energy. Apples, mangoes, pomegranates, and pears are best suggestible. Avoid watermelon and muskmelons and also goosing on too many mangoes may cause pimples.
– Have medium to low salt food and avoid heavy salty food as they are responsible for high blood pressure and water retention.
– Eating watery foods like lassi, watermelon, rice, muskmelon creates swelling in the body. So, better opt for foods which are drying in nature like corn, gram flour, chick pea etc.
– Foods such as brown rice, oats, and barley are the best foods one could have in this monsoon.
– Body’s immunity can be increased by adding a dash of garlic to the soups, sir fries and curries you intake.
– Vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, cluster beans, ladies finger, kidney beans, pigeon pea, and sprouted grains must be avoided.
– Always wash vegetables well and keep them clean especially if they are taken raw.
– Eat steamed salads instead of raw vegetables as they contain active bacteria and virus that cause bacterial and viral infections.
– Have fresh radish juice to fight cold and cough. To reduce mucous formations add pipli and rock salt to warm water. This reduces the natural monsoon ailments.
– Better eat seasonal fruits as non- seasonal fruits get infested with worms during the monsoons.
– Pomegranates, lychees, apples, bananas are among the recommended.
– Avoid eating fried items, pre- cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors and stick to high quality and hygiene.
– People who suffer with arthritis should drink warm water with tulsi and dalchini (cardamom) on an empty stomach in the morning. Doing this improves bowel syndromes and also decreases pains in joints.
Rest, enjoy the monsoon! Stay Safe!
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